Considered to be one of the greatest golfers in the world, Tiger Woods has been elected to the World of Golf Hall of Fame. The remaining finalists are Johnny Farrell, Padraig Harrington, Tom Weiskopf, Susie Maxwell Berning, Beverly Hanson, Sandra Palmer, Dottie Pepper, Tim Finchem, and Marion Hollins. The three other members that will be joining Woods will be announced at a later date.
Woods will join the 2021 class of inductees after the eligibilty age was lowered to 45. He will join other members including Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.
Releasing a statement Woods said, “I am both honored and humbled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. This past year has been such an incredible journey and the support I’ve received from my family, friends and fans has been overwhelming. This achievement is the ultimate recognition to never give up and keep chasing.”
Over the course of his career, Woods has won 82 PGA tournaments including 15 Majors. He also has wins in Europe, Japan, Asia, and Australia for a total of 107 victories.
After being the first golfer to win the U.S. Amateur three times and two of seven tournaments; Woods won his first Masters at the age of 21 with a 12 shot lead; becoming the youngest professional to do so. Woods is the only professional golfer to hold the title for all four professional Majors at the same time.
Off of the golf course, Woods is credited with being responsible for television deals and the rise in tournament prize money.
Over recent years Woods has not been seen on the course as much due to some medical issues.
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